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Asthma Drug Helps Mice Retrieve Memories “Lost” to Sleep Deprivation
A study finds roflumilast can reverse sleep deprivation–induced amnesia in mice, hinting at pathways to treating memory loss in people.
Asthma Drug Helps Mice Retrieve Memories “Lost” to Sleep Deprivation
Asthma Drug Helps Mice Retrieve Memories “Lost” to Sleep Deprivation

A study finds roflumilast can reverse sleep deprivation–induced amnesia in mice, hinting at pathways to treating memory loss in people.

A study finds roflumilast can reverse sleep deprivation–induced amnesia in mice, hinting at pathways to treating memory loss in people.

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Steve Ramirez Reshapes Memories in the Brains of Mice
Dan Robitzski | Nov 1, 2022 | 3 min read
The Boston University neuroscientist wants to take the edge off traumatic memories by manipulating how they’re processed in the brain.
Scientists Engineer Dreams to Understand the Sleeping Brain
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
Technologies such as noninvasive brain stimulation and virtual reality gaming offer insights into how dreams arise and what functions they might serve.
Adult-Born Neurons Strengthen Memories While Mice Sleep
Ruth Williams | Jun 4, 2020 | 3 min read
The activation of young brain cells in adult mice is necessary not just for forming memories, but consolidating them during rapid eye movement sleep, a study shows.
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Catherine Offord | Nov 27, 2019 | 2 min read
Preliminary findings from a clinical trial of heavy drinkers suggest that the drug can weaken certain memories tied to the reward of imbibing, although the mechanisms aren’t fully clear.
Why Forgetting Is a Critical Part of Remembering
Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby | Oct 1, 2018 | 3 min read
The Østby sisters, one a neuroscientist and the other a writer, explore the uncharted territory of memory in their new book.
Image of the Day: Memory Jogger
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 12, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  
RNA Moves a Memory From One Snail to Another
Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018 | 4 min read
Injecting molecules from a sea slug that received tail shocks into one that didn’t made the recipient animal behave more cautiously. 
To Each His Own
Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 1, 2017 | 3 min read
Every human brain is far more unique, adaptable, and vulnerable than ever suspected.
Minding the Pulse of Memory Consolidation
Richard Kemeny | Jul 28, 2016 | 4 min read
Studying sleep spindles could help neuroscientists better understand certain cognitive impairments.  
Examining Sleep’s Roles in Memory and Learning
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 13, 2016 | 3 min read
Autonomic nervous system activity during sleep may help explain variation in the extent to which the behavior aids memory consolidation, a study shows.
Pioneering Memory Researcher Dies
Tanya Lewis | May 31, 2016 | 1 min read
Suzanne Corkin, who studied the famous patient “H.M.,” has passed away at 79.
Learning with the Lights Out
Jenny Rood | Mar 1, 2016 | 4 min read
Researchers are uncovering the link between sleep and learning and how it changes throughout our lives.
Lost Memories Reactivated in Mice
Kerry Grens | May 29, 2015 | 2 min read
Using optogenetics, researchers excite selected neurons to reinstate a fear memory that had been blocked.
Mauro Costa-Mattioli: Memory’s Puppeteer
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2015 | 2 min read
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine. Age: 39
Probing Starling Sleep
Jef Akst | Nov 18, 2014 | 1 min read
Birds may provide a new animal model for memory consolidation during sleep, according to research presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week.
Fixing Fearful Memories
Abby Olena, PhD | Jan 20, 2014 | 2 min read
Remote memories can be modified in the presence of a drug that induces epigenetic changes to DNA.
Caffeine Boosts Memory Consolidation?
Tracy Vence | Jan 13, 2014 | 1 min read
A new study purports to show that post-learning caffeine consumption can improve memory, but some scientists are not convinced.
Putting Bad Memories to Bed
Kate Yandell | Sep 11, 2013 | 1 min read
Researchers selectively erase methamphetamine-related memories in mice and rats.
Watching the Brain Remember
Sabrina Richards | May 16, 2013 | 3 min read
For the first time, researchers visualize zebrafish memory retrieval in real time.
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